A new poll shows Democrats are not in touch with their own constituents on census question.
The battle in Washington between Democrats and Republicans as to whether or not the question of citizenship should be on the 2020 census took an interesting twist.
On Tuesday, the Washington Times reported on a new poll released by Harvard University Center for American Political Studies/Harris.
While two thirds of voters support having a citizenship question on the census is not completely surprising, the fact that a majority of Hispanic voters also support it is.
via the Washington Times:
Two-thirds of voters approve of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and that includes a majority of Hispanic voters — despite claims by Democratic lawmakers that the inquiry would discourage participation in Latino communities.
A Harvard University Center for American Political Studies/Harris poll found that 67% of all registered U.S. voters say the census should ask the citizenship question when the time comes. That includes 88% of Republicans, 63% of independents and 52% of Democrats.
Most notably, the poll found that 55% of Hispanic voters favor the idea. [Emphasis added.]
The question has been a contentious issue between Democrats and Republicans—with the Trump Administration running cover for the GOP—since the census determines the amount of legislative districts a particular state gets.
If, for example, non-citizens are counted as in the census as de-facto citizens, a particular state can pick up more representatives in the House.
Democrats believe that not having non-citizens excluded from the census will help them.
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